Nashville Annulment Lawyer

When you want to end your marriage in Tennessee, you have two options. Most people know about divorce, which is the legal dissolution of your marriage. But, there’s another option as well. It’s called annulment.

Annulment is different from divorce. Divorce ends your marriage. The annulment declares it void. When your marriage is declared void, the court declares it was never valid from the start. You may prefer this, in some cases, either for personal or religious reasons.

At Burdine Law Firm, PLLC, we understand that your goal in ending a marriage is to build a better future. If you feel like a legal separation is not enough, consider contacting a Nashville family law lawyer to walk you through the process.  That means you’d rather have your marriage voided than dissolved. Our Nashville annulment lawyers can help you determine if that’s possible and can guide you through the process to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Give us a call today at (629) 529-4615 to find out more.

When Can You Get An Annulment In Nashville?

There are specific rules for when you’re allowed to get an annulment in Nashville. The court laid out these rules in a case called Coulter v. Hendricks.

In this case, the court said there are certain situations when a marriage is void from the beginning. It was never valid, and can’t be valid, even if the spouses want it to be. These situations include:

  • When either party was already married to someone else
  • When the two people getting married are too closely related
  • When the marriage was, for some other reason, prohibited by law

There are also situations when a marriage is voidable. This means that if either party wants it annulled, they can choose to have it annulled. But, if neither spouse objects, the marriage can continue as a valid one. A marriage is considered voidable when:

  • Either party was insane at the time of the marriage
  • The person trying to have the marriage annulled entered into the marriage under duress
  • The person trying to have the marriage annulled was under the age of consent
  • Consent to the marriage was obtained by force or fraud or was given by mistake
  • The defendant is impotent
  • The male spouse is pursuing an annulment because the woman was pregnant by someone else at the time of the marriage and he didn’t know it

If any of these apply to your situation, you should be able to pursue annulment. However, if none of these occurred, then you’ll need to go through the divorce process. Contact our Nashville divorce lawyers to start the divorce process.

If these circumstances do apply, there are typically specific things you’ll have to prove. For example, if you were pursuing annulment on the basis of fraud, you’d typically need to show that the fraud was material to — or essential to — your decision to marry.

This process can be complicated, so it’s important to work with a Nashville annulment lawyer who can work with you to craft compelling arguments to show the court why your marriage should be declared void.

Getting Help From a Nashville Annulment Lawyer

At Burdine Law Firm, PLLC, we have helped many couples through the process of annulment or divorce. However you’re hoping to end your union, our focus is on working with you to get through the legal process as quickly and cost-effectively as possible while setting you up for a secure future. Give our annulment lawyers in Nashville a call today at  (629) 529-4615 to find out how we can help you.